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5 Steps to Understanding Autism

5 Steps to Understanding Autism

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This is a five-night course and will take place over the following dates:   Please ensure you register for each evening separately.  

Audience:  Primary and Post Primary Teachers and SNAs - PARENTS MAY ALSO ATTEND

Duration:  5 consecutive weeks

Dates/Time:  Tuesdays, September 19th & 26th and October 3rd, 10th & 17th @ 7 p.m. (each evening)

Facilitated by:  Shaun Grenville 

Shaun Greville teaches in the Esker Centre, Ballinamere. Shaun completed 5 years of secondment to the SESS and latterly the NCSE. He fulfilled the roles of Advisor and Assistant National Coordinator for the autism team with a focus on in-school support for teachers and both in-school and external CPD regarding autism. Shaun is a co-author of the recently published Autism Good Practice Guidance for Schools - Supporting Children and Young People.


1) Characteristics of autism; Strengths and Challenges

2) Sensory processing: Pathway to Sensory Inclusion

3) Communication: Social Communication and Interaction

4) Stressful Behaviour

5) Safe Social Story Creation.

Learning outcomes for the 5-week course:

1) Characteristics of autism; Strengths and challenges: The participants will be introduced to the characteristic strengths and needs of autistic learners, the main psychological theories of autism and the different perspectives of intellectual rather than intuitive learners. This seminar will set the foundation blocks for further, deeper understanding to come.

 2) Sensory processing: Pathway to Sensory Inclusion: The participants will follow a 4 step process from Awareness to Understanding to application and Inclusion of Sensory needs of autistic children. It is hoped that the participants will gain a further understanding of the Sensory Differences involved with Neurodiversity.

 3) Communication: Social Communication and Interaction: The participants will take a deep look at the areas of Communication and interaction by looking at developmental levels, play skills and social interaction demands. There is a focus on shared responsibility for social communication.

4) Stressful behaviour: A deep look at behaviours that may occur due to stress and distress. The participants will look at the low arousal approach to stressful behaviours, the communication underlying stressors and strategies for helping students achieve a sense of regulation.

5) Safe Social Story Creation. The participants will be brought through the stages of writing Social Narratives for children that are Safe, Accurate and Meaningful (SEAM) focussing on information that informs children of what they are expected to do rather than not do.

  Please ensure you register for each evening separately.  

Course Details

Course Start Date / Time 26-09-2023 7:00 pm
Course End Date / Time 17-10-2023 9:00 pm
Capacity Unlimited
Fee Free
Select Hours 1
Location Online Course
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